Habent sua fata libelli. The History of "De cardinalibus operibus Christi"


Abstract

The article is a reconstruction of the De cardinalibus operibus Christi’s, a popular in 16th century polemic discussion with reformation, history. In the beginning, it was treated as one of saint Cyprianus’, bishop of Cartagine, works, as Martinus Cromerus states in his polish-latin dialogues. Also the great Renaissance humanists as Paulus Manutius recognized De cardinalibus operibus Christi as saint Cyprianus’ work. Jacobus Pamelius and Robertus Bellarminus were the first who doubted in his authorship. The real author of the 12 speeches on the most important events in the life of Jesus Christ was identified independently by Philippus Labbe and John Owen. They found the manuscript in the All Souls College Library of Oxford, which incipit included the name of addressee and the author. The history of the reception of De cardinalibus operibus Christi reveals a scholar’s workshop and, what is more, it can bring inspiration to further studies in this area.


Keywords

Arnold de Bonaevallis; Cyprian of Cathage; speech; sermon; forgery; manuscript; investigation

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Published : 2021-09-15


Dziuba, A. (2021). Habent sua fata libelli. The History of "De cardinalibus operibus Christi". Vox Patrum, 79, 83-98. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.12624

Agnieszka Dziuba  dziubak@kul.lublin.pl
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin  Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5069-1642